Lukaku planning manager talks
Romelu Lukaku intends to speak with whoever is manager at Chelsea next season over his role, and has reiterated he would be open to a loan.
Last Updated: 31/05/12 9:56am
Chelsea teenager Romelu Lukaku intends to speak with whoever is named as manager next season over his role at the club, and has reiterated he would be open to a loan move.
The Belgium international striker has struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since his arrival from Anderlecht last summer, with both former boss Andre Villas-Boas and interim manager Roberto Di Matteo favouring more experienced players up front.
Lukaku has grown frustrated with his bit-part role this season and plans to speak with the manager about his lack of playing time, whether it be Di Matteo or someone else.
He told the Daily Star: "I will need to talk to the coach about my future.
"I hope for a coach next year who gives chances to young players, not like last year. If he does not want to talk to me, then I'm considering a loan.
"But at the moment my focus is on Chelsea. I will go with them on summer tour and I hope to get some new chances.
"I think I deserved more chances at Chelsea. What I really need is three months to prove myself.
"Last year I played a game, then nothing for three weeks except games with the reserves and then I was on the bench. That is not easy for a young player. I also said that to Chelsea and they understood my concerns.
"I have become a better player though. I lost weight, I move a lot more on the field and I really think I have the ability to play for Chelsea."
Lukaku could have his chance to impress on Saturday when Belgium take on England in a pre-Euro 2012 friendly at Wembley and insists there will be no hard feelings with Blues team-mate and Three Lions defender John Terry if he scores.
The 19-year-old added: "If I score against England at Wembley I will joke about it with John Terry."
The striker is looking forward to the imminent arrival of Belgium team-mate Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge, with the midfielder expected to join from Lille in a reported £32million deal.
He will become the fourth Belgian to join Chelsea since last summer and Lukaku added: "I am glad he comes to Chelsea. He will make us stronger.
"I was hoping for this transfer for a long time. I told him, that if he needs anything I will be there for him.
"Maybe in the future all Belgians can play in the Chelsea team: Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Hazard and me. That would be great."